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I noticed that Acorn has two "isomers."

x = 7, y = 13, rule = B3/S23 5bo$3bo$3o2b2o8$5b2o$3bo$3o2bo!

-wwei23 9:48PM 10/20/2015 NY time

Origin of name

Why is this pattern called "acorn"? Maybe after its 2nd or 3rd generation offspring? Micromegas (talk) 11:49, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

No idea! Might be worth asking Charles Corderman about it, just in case he remembers. (If you find out, be sure to update the article, BTW!) Apple Bottom (talk) 16:07, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
It was actually Robert Wainwright who named the acorn, after Corderman discovered it -- see LifeLine #s 2 and 3:

Lifeline 2: As a surprise for LIFELINE Number Three, I will give its discoverer as well as present the fate of the 'acorn' - a term I coined after seeing its final census.

LifeLine 3: The fantastic printout of the final census ('oak tree') was supplied by Bison who verified the original results for the writer before issue Number Two was published.

So, basically just a reference to the old "From little acorns mighty oaks do grow" proverb. Dvgrn (talk) 16:43, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, I added that to the page. Micromegas (talk) 16:24, 1 March 2018 (UTC)